14 May '11, 10am

5 killed in Syria despite dialogue offer

5 killed in Syria despite dialogue offer

DAMASCUS : At least five people were killed in Syria, activists said, despite an order from President Bashar al-Assad for security forces not to open fire on protesters and an offer of dialogue. Friday's bloodshed cast a pall over the government's pledges to forge ahead with reforms in Syria, which has been gripped by two months of deadly protests. The violent crackdown triggered fresh condemnation from Western governments, with the United States expressing renewed outrage and French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe blaming Assad for the deadly repression. Britain summoned the Syrian ambassador in coordination with other European nations, warning of "further measures" if it fails to stop the crackdown. Three people were shot dead during protests in the central city of Homs and two others were killed in the Qabun neighbourhood of Damascus, activists said. A woman also died on F...

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